Published: 00:02, 06 December 2017 |
Updated: 11:11, 06 December 2017
The artist behind one of the Folkestone Triennial works this year has won the Turner Prize.
Lubaina Himid, who is the oldest winner and the first black woman to pick up the art award, created the Jelly Mould Pavilion, which was one of the artworks displayed around the town until last month.
The 63-year-old Zanzibar-born artist’s work was on show on Folkestone’s sea front, on the former Rotunda site of the town’s fun fair, Lido and amusement park during the eight-week Triennial.
Drawing inspiration from the candy floss and toffee apples of the past that fuelled visitors, the colourful structure was a place to shelter and rest, and to look out to sea from.
Each Triennial features around 20 works specially commissioned, with some eight to 10 of the artworks are chosen to become permanent fixtures around the town.
The Turner prize judges praised Lubaina’s “uncompromising tackling of issues including colonial history and how racism persists today”.
She was named the winner at a ceremony in Hull, currently UK City of Culture.
Turner Contemporary will be hosting the Turner Prize in 2019.
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